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Collective Trauma



Collective trauma, meaning trauma for a group rather than an individual, can change the fabric of our communities and society as a whole. Collective trauma can be an isolated incident localized to a unique community (such as a school shooting or neighborhood fire) or a long ongoing system of oppression (such as segregation). Wars, natural disasters, and pandemics are examples of large-scale traumas that affect multiple communities at once, potentially changing the way people, governments, and communities interact, work, and think. Like generational trauma, communal trauma can leave long-lasting and complex wounds among its individual members.

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We Went to a Support Group for Black People in America

Alzo Slade participates in an “Emotional Emancipation Circle,” an Afrocentric support group created by the Community Healing Network and the Association of Black Psychologists. It’s a safe space for Black people to share personal experiences with racism and to process racial trauma.

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Trauma: A Social Theory

In this book Jeffrey C. Alexander develops an original social theory of trauma and uses it to carry out a series of empirical investigations into social suffering around the globe.

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What is Historical Trauma?

Historical trauma is multigenerational trauma experienced by a specific cultural, racial or ethnic group.

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FindCenterI have no idea what’s awaiting me, or what will happen when this all ends. For the moment I know this: there are sick people and they need curing.

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Our Collective Trauma - Nikki Young - TEDxNorthCentralCollege

Can the study of trauma be key to collective healing in the United States? This talk aims to use Indonesia's September 30, 1965 as a window for understanding America's collective trauma after September 11, 2001.

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Finding Refuge: Heart Work for Healing Collective Grief

In unsettling and uncertain times, the individual and collective heartbreak that lives in our bodies and communities can feel insurmountable. Many of us have been conditioned by the dominant culture to not name, focus on, or wade through the difficulties of our lives.

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Collective Trauma and Our Emerging Future

I often describe the collective trauma field as: imagine you’re growing up in an apartment and, all your life, you never took a step outside. And one day somebody visits you and asks you, “How does the house look from outside?” And you can’t tell them because you never saw it.

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The Hidden Systemic Aspects of Trauma - Thomas Hübl

We see trauma when it happens, when there is a war or when there is an atrocity, and similar things. But there is a much bigger systemic aspect, we have to become aware of. There are many thousands of ways how trauma has fine fibers in many aspects of our lives.

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Healing Collective Trauma: A Process for Integrating Our Intergenerational and Cultural Wounds

A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Healing Shared Trauma What can you do when you carry scars not on your body, but within your soul? And what happens when those spiritual wounds exist not just in you, but in everyone in your family, community, and even beyond? Spiritual teacher Thomas...

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